Seven legislative bills pass this week
(SACRAMENTO) — Senator George Runner (R-Antelope Valley) had a good week in the Legislature with the State Senate passing 7 of his legislative bills. These measures will create positive change for Californians and for residents of Senate District 17. Senator Runner has authored over a dozen measures that have passed the State Senate this year. "We have been working hard to pass my legislation this year and we hope to continue to work now with the Assembly. My legislation passed this week will make positive changes for all Californians, will help students and schools, and are focused on eliminating unnecessary bureaucratic waste," said Runner.
One of the key legislative bills that passed the State Senate this week was legislation to change the kindergarten entrance date. This legislation was first introduced in the mid-1980's by then-Assemblyman Jack O'Connell and until this week has never passed the State Senate. "After years of work, the State Senate recognized that one element to improve school readiness for children is to adjust the kindergarten entrance date so children are more developmentally ready to delve into the rigors of the new academic standards and curriculum required for kindergarten," said Runner. Other significant education measures authored by Runner that were passed by the State Senate included:
* Senate Bill 1358 is joint-authored with Senator Joe Simitian (D-Palo Alto) and would provide $300 million towards K-12 equalization. These dollars will directly benefit many of the schools in the 17th Senate District including the Antelope Valley, Santa Clarita Valley and Victor Valley as these schools do not receive the same funding per student than other schools in the state. * Senate Bill 1290 is joint-authored with Senator Denise Ducheny (D-San Diego) and would allow community colleges to use the uniform building code instead of the more arduous and bureaucratic Field Act. This important reform was adopted in the school bond which will be on the November ballot.
* Senate Bill 1303 will eliminate the five percent concurrent enrollment cap for high school students to take community college courses in the summer. Currently, there is a five percent concurrent enrollment cap that keeps high school students from accessing community college classes during the summer and furthering their education. * Senate Bill 1304 will allow community colleges to use capital outlay state funds to acquire existing government-owned or privately owned property for much-needed facilities. This legislation will cut costs and provide more tools by allowing community college districts to meet their facilities needs without construction. Senator Runner also was successful in passing the a few other measures by the full Senate this week as well including:
* Senate Bill 1260 is joint-authored with Senator Deborah Ortiz (D-Sacramento) which would provide important protections for women who choose to donate their eggs through multi-egg extraction. This measure includes written informed consent and many important safeguards. Senate Bill 1596 creates a public-private fund where counties can apply to the fund with a 50 percent match for a nurse-family partnership program. These programs have been proven to help decrease infant death rates. These measures will all be heard in Assembly policy committees in June.